Studio Lighting Intensive for Beginners (Semi-Private Workshop)

  • May 18, 2014 · 12:00 PM
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Light is everything in photography.  It is what separates a good photograph from a bad one.  As photographers, we are typically subjected to the light that is available to us. “Studio” lighting, however, can be intimidating for many of us. With all the different types of strobes on the market, the variety of modifiers, soft boxes, grids, scrims, flags, which is the right choice and how are they used? Decisions to be made include: What type of background to use? How does one get a clean white high key look?  How does one use a light meter and get proper exposure? What about light quality, direction and the shadows? These are just a few questions that can be answered with this workshop. This workshop is also designed to get you up close and personal with the lighting gear. Also, we will touch on some of the skills and techniques used by the pros to pull off a successful shoot. A model will be on hand for individual and group shoot set-ups. Workshop will be both a lecture and shooting time. You will walk away with a better understanding of studio lighting and how to use the tools necessary to create a successful shoot.

Topics to be covered will include:

• A Foundational Understanding of Studio Lighting and the Tools used

• Main Properties of Light: Shadows, Depth and Dimension

• Quantity vs. Quality

• Sync Speed

• Color Temperature

• Metering the Light - Using a Light Meter

• Light Types and Common Lighting Setups

• Light Modifiers

• Lighting ratios:  Controlling both exposures in a scene

• Light Falloff and the Inverse Square Law

• Bouncing Light

• Catchlights and Highlights on the Face and How to Obtain Them

Requirements: Please bring your camera and your camera cord that plugs your camera to your computer as we will tether to a large computer to see and comprehend lighting concepts from results immediately as they are shot. No exceptions! Bring extra memory cards and at least two fully charged batteries. Pen and paper are necessary for notes. A light lunch will be provided.

About the Instructor:

Lisa began her interest in photography at a very young age photographing everything from people to events to oceanscapes and then some. Her photography career began in the studio of Fairchild Publications during the day - publisher of Women’s Wear Daily, W Magazine and Footwear News, among other publications - while at night, she studied photography and fine arts at the School of Visuals Arts. She had the best of both worlds at the time - real life work experience and schooling in fine arts. After remaining at Fairchild Publications for ten years, she left to pursue a freelance photography career. Lisa has taught all levels of photography at the International Center of Photography and the Educational Art Alliance with topics ranging from lighting to alternative processes to darkroom techniques. Lisa has always been and continues to be an exhibiting artist. To see some of Lisa’s work, you may visit her website at:

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Will this workshop cover how to setup the actual equipment, learning how it works with your camera, what the settings mean etc?


    May 9, 2014

    • Dawn W.

      You will need to know your manual settings, however we will go over the actual setting choices for a studio environment.

      May 9, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member


      May 17, 2014

  • Roy

    I just started photography, will this workshop be too much?

    May 3, 2014

    • Dawn W.

      NOT AT ALL. This is a beginner's Workshop. I would suggest taking Ron's Digital Photography 101 that Saturday May 17th as well as a Private instruction on Manual Settings since you just missed the Manual Settings Workshop today. Please email me at [masked] for more information on private instruction.

      May 3, 2014

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